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Dried Apple and Nut Garland

Dried Apple and Nut Garland
  • Prep 60 min
  • Total 14 hr 30 min
  • Servings 1
Great gift idea! Use this attractive garland to adorn your mantel, to wind around your buffet or dinner table or to weave through a staircase banister.
Updated September 25, 2015

Ingredients

  • 3 bright-red apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Wire rack
  • Spray varnish, if desired
  • Glue gun and glue sticks
  • 1 pound mixed nuts, in shells
  • 12 cinnamon sticks, 3 1/2 inches
  • 20 whole bay leaves
  • Purchased evergreen garland, 6 feet long

Steps

  • 1
    Heat oven to 200°F.
  • 2
    Cut apples lengthwise from stem end through core into 1/4-inch slices. Dip apples into lemon juice to prevent browning; place on wire racks. Carefully place wire racks on oven rack. Bake 3 1/2 hours. Turn off oven; leave apples in oven 8 hours or overnight.
  • 3
    Remove wire racks from oven. Let apples stand about 2 hours or until completely dry. Place dried apples on waxed paper. Coat each side with 2 light coats of spray varnish, following manufacturer's directions for spraying and drying.
  • 4
    Glue dried apples, nuts, cinnamon and bay leaves to garland. Let dry.

  • Rome apples have a very pretty red skin and white flesh that are particularly nice for this garland, though other types of apples are also attrative.
  • Visit your local craft store for dried fruit, flowers or holly and make similarly attractive garland without baking.
  • You’ll want the prettiest, shiniest, most colorful apples possible. Select only the best from your supermarket’s produce bins.
  • Add even more color to this holiday handicraft by attaching small bows of red and gold velvet ribbon. Or hang a few small Christmas ornaments from the garland.

Nutrition Facts are not available for this recipe
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